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The changes to the public health guidelines that will come into place next Monday 8th June are that: Stay at home The advice will be to still avoid unnecessary journeys wherever possible. You will be able to travel up to 20 kilometres away from your home as opposed to the 5 kilometre limit which was in place since 5 May. Social visits Up to 4 people may visit another household for a short period of time but everyone must keep at least 2 metres apart from people they don’t live with. Cocooning Shops will provide dedicated hours for those who are cocooning (people over…

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In the latest of her literary-themed travels around these islands, Lorna Hogg visits Manchester and Knutsford, Cheshire which have close associations with the celebrated Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell Elizabeth Gaskell, one of the most important and underrated Victorian writers, was born  the youngest of eight children, on 29th September, 1810, at 93, Cheyne Walk,Chelsea. Her parents were William Stevenson, a Unitarian preacher and Treasury official and his wife Elizabeth. The young Elizabeth encountered tragedy early. She and her brother John were the only family children to survive infancy –  and  her mother  died when Elizabeth was only 13 months old.…

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A national phone support service to help newly discharged stroke survivors make the transition back home in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic has been launched by the Irish Heart Foundation in conjunction with the HSE’s National Stroke Programme. The check-in service is a ground-breaking response to significant reductions in community supports for stroke survivors resulting from both illness and the redeployment of large numbers of healthcare professionals to help tackle the COVID-19 emergency, coupled with earlier than usual discharge of many patients from hospital. “Leaving the care of an expert team of doctors, nurses, and therapists to return home…

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John Low traces the life and work of arguably the greatest mind in Western music Infant prodigy, genius composer, virtuoso musician, linguist, mason, wit, dandy, billiard hustler, sometime drunkard, gambler, Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart’s life was short, highly eventful and far from sweet. A large part of his adult life was spent begging from friends and chasing payment from his many benefactors and employers in a mainly unsuccessful attempt to maintain his and his spouse’s chaotic and profligate lifestyle. There were periods during his Vienna years- he moved there in 1781 aged 25-when he was earning…

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In the  latest of her literary-themed travels around these islands Lorna Hogg visits locations featured in the historical novels of Hilary Mantel Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII’s grim faced and corpulent ‘ political adviser’ initially sounds like an unlikely character to draw wide public interest. However, when he inspired two Booker Prize winning stories  –  and a popular TV series, curiosity grew. The final book of the Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror and the Light  is due out shortly , and another TV series has been commissioned – so can Henry’s Chancellor provide author Hilary Mantel with a hat-trick of three…

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John McColgan’s career as a multi award-winning producer and director began in the mid-seventies at RTÉ Television where he went on to become Head of Entertainment and he was also Head of Weekend Entertainment at TVAM – ITV’s breakfast television service. He played a key role in the evolution of Riverdance from the original seven-minute dance number and went on to direct the full stage-show spectacular. Among John’s many other directorial credits are a critically-acclaimed production of Dion Boucicault’s19th century melodrama The Shaughraun for The Abbey Theatre and he produced a major theatrical event marking the State visit of Queen…

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“Maybe she will grow up to be a doctor like you” Dr Veronica Ades – MSF obstetrician South Sudan It’s Friday night and I’m on call for any maternity complications. At 11.30 pm, one of the midwives calls to say he has a patient he is concerned about. ‘Dr Veronica, I have a patient who has had three previous stillbirths and is complaining of vomiting. She is worried about the baby. The foetal heart rate is 170.’  With three previous stillbirths, I wonder whether they were related, or if this patient has just had incredibly bad…

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